Average Mid-Career Surgical Technologist Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Mid-Career Surgical Technologist is $20.47.
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Hourly Rate
$16 - $28
$152 - $4,041
Profit Sharing
$1,700 - $3,350
Total Pay
$33,894 - $59,549

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Job Description for Surgical Technologist

Surgical Technologist Tasks
  • Inspect, maintain, decontaminate, and repair surgical equipment, keeping inventory records up to date.
  • Conduct pre- and post-surgery patient care, including shaving, transporting, and applying dressings.
  • Keep all needed surgical equipment at the ready, including sterile linens, saline, lights, suction machines, etc.
  • Set up and maintain surgical field, collaborating with nurses and doctors and assisting where required.
  • Assemble, transport, and retrieve surgical equipment, ensuring all pieces leave the room.
The top respondents for the job title Surgical Technologist are from the companies St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and HCA, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center where the average pay is $26.84. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Dignity Health and Beaumont Health, earning around $26.42 and $20.23, respectively. Mercy Hospital pays the lowest at around $17.49. St. Francis Health Systems and Duke Raleigh Hospital also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $19.30 and $19.57, respectively.

Career Paths

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Surgical Technologist
Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
Surgical Technician
Registered Nurse (RN), Operating Room
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technologist

Skills in General Surgery, Orthopedics, Gynecology and Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Technologist

An entry-level Surgical Technologist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $17.54 based on 384 salaries. An early career Surgical Technologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.50 based on 1,927 salaries. An experienced Surgical Technologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $23.04 based on 1,700 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $25.
Employees with Surgical Technologist in their job title in San Diego, California earn an average of 33.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (30.1% more) and Houston, Texas (12.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Birmingham, Alabama (16.5% less) and Raleigh, North Carolina (4.6% less).

Years of Experience

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